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Applied Speech Communication APSC APSC

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
COMM 101 Intro to Communication Study 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
COMM 299 Theories Human Communication 3
COMM 300 Research Methods in Comm 3
COMM 365 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 380 Organizational Communication 3
COMM 460 Comm Rights-Responsibilities 3
COMM 493 Internship in Communication 1-8*
COMM 499 Communication Senior Seminar 3
Directed Electives in COMM or Concentration 15
Application to the Workplace or Minor 18
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree: 120
* 6 credits minimum

Why Choose Applied Speech Communication?

Speech communication is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws upon its historic roots in rhetoric as well as theory and research in anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students take foundational courses in public presentation, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. Additional coursework includes studies in intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication ethics, and communication theory and research.

One unique feature of the Applied Speech Communication program is the "Application to the Workplace" which requires students to take at least six courses in their chosen career area. Students must also complete an internship for the purpose of gaining real-world experience that employers value. Students may also select a Minor (18 or more credits) from the options available.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Applied Speech Communication provides students with specific skills and in doing so prepares them for a variety of careers in today's ever-changing job market. Program graduates are working in customer service and sales, community outreach and advocacy, human resources and management, and the mass media field such as broadcasting. Careers are pursued in both the public and private sectors.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Applied Speech Communication program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires (1) a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, (2) no grade lower than 'C' in any COMM, or ENGL class, (3) a 2.0 GPA in the applications to the workplace courses, (4) at least 40 credits at or above the 300 level, (5) completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and (6) completion of a minimum of 120 credits.

More Information

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 121
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280

Program Coordinator: Dr. George Nagel
Phone: 231-591-3675

Advisor: Dr. Sandy Alspach
Phone:   231-591-2779
email:   alspachs@ferris.edu

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